BORDERS Student Wins Paper of the Year

March 29, 2011

BORDERS researcher Aaron Elkins was awarded the top student paper award at the Fifth Annual DHS University Network Summit for his paper: “Vocal Analysis Software for Security Screening: Validity and Deception Detection Potential.” During the summit’s Student Day activities, Aaron also served as a speaker on the Greenfield Aviation Security panel. In 2010, Aaron was selected by DHS as one of the “best and brightest young student researchers” from the US and UK to attend a workshop on the future of aviation security, called the Greenfield Aviation Security Workshop.  During the UP Summit panel, Aaron introduced the Greenfield research methodology employed during two aviation security workshops, sponsored by DHS and UK Home Office.  The purpose of these workshops was to identify what aviation security could and should be in 2027. 

Aaron is a Management Information Systems (MIS) doctoral candidate researching rapid screening technologies for detecting deception, emotion, and hostile intent using voice and language.

BORDERS AVATAR Kiosk Featured on Discovery Channel

November 10, 2010

On Nov 10, 2010, BORDERS’ AVATAR kiosk technology was featured on the Discovery Channel Canada’s show “The Daily Planet.” 

You can watch the segement which begins at the 6:30 mark at the following link: Discovery Channel Video

BORDERS, Finalist for AZ Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards

September 1, 2010

In September 2010, BORDERS was selected as one of three finalists for the 2010 Arizona Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI).  The GCOI is an annual awards gala that honors Arizona's technology leaders and innovators. The event attracts more than 1000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. The 2010 award ceremony was held on November 18 in Phoenix, Arizona.  During the event, BORDERS showcased its AVATAR kiosk technology to attendees. 

The GCOI was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster's 17 year Innovator of the Year awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association's 10-year “Celebration of Innovation.” With the addition of the Governor's support, the award has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The Governor's Celebration of Innovation is presented by the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce.

July 1, 2010

University of Arizona’s Aaron Elkins was selected by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the “best and brightest young student researchers” from the US and UK to attend a workshop on the future of aviation security. Aaron is a fourth year doctoral student in Management Information Systems (MIS) investigating non-contact rapid screening technologies for detecting deception and hostile intent at airport and border crossings. He is a research associate and systems integrator at the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), a DHS Center of Excellence research consortium led by the University of Arizona.  He has numerous publications covering topics of deception detection, sensor fusion, and rapid screening processes and security.